With spring right around the corner, college students everywhere are facing a lot of stress. Between midterms, finding housing for next semester, applying for internships and finding time to go to the gym, stress is inevitable. To power through a demanding schedule, it’s important for college students to develop a positive mindset.
There are a number of benefits associated with optimism. Positive thinking reduces stress, helps with coping through hardships, and has even been proven to boost your immune system. Going through life with a negative outlook is a bad habit that is not only destructive to yourself, but infectious to others. Here are some tips I’ve learned for creating positive vibes.
For someone with a packed schedule, it’s easy to get behind on work if your time is not used appropriately. When you don’t have control of your time, you may end up feeling rushed and overwhelmed. Keeping track of deadlines and completing tasks ahead of time can help you reduce stress and better manage and appreciate your free time.
Treat yourself on occasion
Having something to look forward to at the end of the week is a positive motivator. Being able to look forward to a night spent with friends, eating at a fancy restaurant, or trying out a new bath bomb allows you to focus on the task at hand to achieve that satisfying reward. Self care is very important in remaining happy and healthy, but make sure not to overdo it. A reward can lose its meaning if it becomes a daily treat.
Surround yourself with positivity
Negativity is an infectious feeling that can make the pursuit of positive thinking more difficult. If someone is constantly talking about the bad things and how unfair the world is, it can get hard to recognize all the good that happens throughout the day. Resentment only breeds bitterness and unhappiness, and it’s time to let the negativity go. An easy way to get rid of the small negativities in your life is by cleansing your social media timeline. Try unfollowing the people who only use their social media as an outlet to complain and instead follow accounts that are going to make you laugh or focus on an interest of yours.
Work on body positivity
Body image plays a huge role in how satisfied we feel with our lives. Embracing your body with positivity leads to more confidence and extroversion. Practice complimenting yourself and others regularly. Everyone knows that a compliment has the ability to completely turn around someone’s day, so don’t be afraid to let someone know they look good and especially don’t be afraid to tell yourself the same thing.
Look towards the future
Sometimes, life can hit harder than expected. We all have those days and problems that seem never-ending, but it’s important to look towards the future and remember that sometimes it takes hard work and time for things to get better. You’re working hard now, so that you won’t have to later on. Being able to see a positive outcome in any situation allows you to better work through problems and give you something to work towards.
This blog post was written by Account Associate Danielle Hanlon.